In CBS All Access’s reimagining of The Stand, Odessa Young plays Frannie Goldsmith. Frannie is already pregnant when the plague wipes out much of humanity in Stephen King’s epic story. In Boulder, Colorado, she joins humans who are resistant.
Randall Flagg (Alexander Skarsgard) and the powers he is building in Las Vegas must also be fended off.
On Dec. 3, Young talked about Zoom to reporters. She described how her Frannie helped King fix what he often saw as The Stand’s weakness. New episodes of “The Stand” premiere on CBS All Access on Thursdays.
After she landed the part of Frannie Goldsmith, Odessa Young heard about ‘The Stand.’
Young admitted that after the series cast her as Frannie, she just read “The Stand”
The actress said that the quirks and idiosyncrasies of Frannie were precisely why she got into acting.
For 10 years, Amber Heard has been trying to do “The Stand” and now she plays her favorite character.
Young said, “Even if I didn’t have the role of Frannie on this show, I probably would have read the book and thought to myself, come on, I have to play Frannie,” “I think it felt like a very collaborative process with respect to my contribution to it.
As one of the youngest members on set and someone of the same age as Frannie, I believe the writing team and the producers were very open to some suggestions that I had to give her more grounding in this reboot and make her more complicated and maybe the kind of Frannie that we’ve seen before.
The Stand makes Frannie Goldsmith a little more difficult than Stephen King initially did.
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Stephen King had an aversion to the recent miniseries “The Stand” and asked the producers to drop it.
Young said, “It’s hard to write a character who makes mistakes, to write a character who questions her own choices and questions the choices of those around her,” “I think we all worked very hard to make her feel as accurate as possible to her scenario, a girl entering this new world as a pregnant college student who has absolutely no idea what the future holds and no idea what she’s going to do in this new world, with the freedom to make mistakes along the way and find herself in the process.”
Odessa Young gets to fix one of the biggest errors made by Stephen King.
In the ’80s, King revamped “The Stand” but with him something still didn’t sit right. Since Frannie was already pregnant in Boulder, she couldn’t even stand up to Flagg.
The series provides her with such a moment.
Whoopi Goldberg says she always wanted to make a horror film, so “The Stand” is her first horror movie.
Everything that was a wonderful gift, and something that King always said was that he always felt a little bit of remorse that Frannie didn’t get that stand, her stand, her chance to face evil. I think it’s so exciting for me as an actor and as a fan of Stephen King to be able to say, without giving anything away: Oh my God, I was playing Frannie Goldsmith, with King’s latest script that nobody has ever seen or heard before. For these characters, King can still say 40 years later, “I’m going to update it again to reflect these things” that he feels and needs and sees. I just love how it makes this whole story sound alive. “Odessa Young, Roundtable Zoom, 3/12/2020